Using Chopsticks might seem difficult, but with practice and right steps, it can become second nature. Find out more on basic chopsticks manners.

How To Use Chopsticks

Using Chopsticks might seem very tricky at first but on the contrary they are quite easy to use if you know the right technique. Chopsticks are a pair of same size small sticks which are used as traditional eating utensils in countries like China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand. However, it is to be noted that Chopsticks are not used for eating everything; rather they have their own cuisines.
These days due to cross-cultural references, use of Chopsticks is becoming common even in Tibet and Nepal. These are mostly used while eating noodles or white rice. It is made of wood, bamboo, metal, bone, ivory. These days even plastic is used to manufacture Chopsticks.
If you have always wanted to use a Chopstick but couldn't quite find a way of how to actually go about it, then read on to find out how to use the Chopsticks. 
  • First, place one chopstick at the bend between your thumb and the index finger. The chopstick should be placed in such a way that it should fall at the base of your thumb and must be about one-third the way down. The broader end should be at the top while the narrower, pointed end must be at the bottom.
  • The next step can be a little tricky since it involves placing the chopstick on the ring finger in such a way that the it falls between the half and two-third way down the chopstick. Now, the first chopstick must be stable in your hand with one end securely staying between your thumb and the index fingers while the other one resting on your ring finger.
  • Now, the third step is to hold the second chopstick in your hand in such a way that you hold a pen. The middle finger must provide support to it while it rests comfortably at the top of your thumb.
  • This step involves practicing the movement of the chopsticks in your hand. For this, use your index finger and middle finger to practice moving the tip of the chopstick up and down. Make sure the chopstick which is at the bottom remains still. You will see that when you move the top one down, the tip of the chopstick meets with the tip of the bottom one.
  • If you don't quite see the two chopsticks meeting, then adjust them accordingly so that they do meet up or else it is going to be difficult to pick up anything if the two chopsticks are not aligned properly.
  • Now, comes the trickiest part. Try and pick up some food with it. When you do start picking up food, first try and pick up those pieces which are large and chunky so that you can actually get a hang of it. Later on, after you feel comfortable enough, you can use the chopsticks to pick something like rice or even grains.
  • The more you practice, the more you will get the hang of using chopsticks. Those who are beginning, will feel it is a little difficult but with practice they will be able to easily use these.

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